This is the first book by Stacey Rourke that I've had the pleasure of reading and I have no regrets. If you're a fan of the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, this is a must-read. This story delves into the Sea Witch's back story, shedding some much-needed light on the villain we all love to hate. Told in the fashion of Maleficent, readers are brought back in time to before Triton was king, when he was just a small merlad and Vanessa, his older sister, gave him all the grief an older sibling is supposed to. The story is full of hardships and heartache for our mersiblings and the reader will find themselves feeling things for Vanessa they didn't before. This story will make the reader see The Little Mermaid in a whole new light and bring some understanding to why Ursela did the things she did. There's morals hidden throughout the book that are needed for more than a few adults and about every child on land... and in sea. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves mermaids, as young as 11 or 12.
I did find more wording errors (wrong tenses of words) in this book than I'm overly comfortable with and feel Ms. Rourke should look into a proofreader to help her editor out for future books. The errors, while obvious, don't really impede the flow of the story in any way more than a second glance to make sure the reader actually indeed saw an error. They are simple and as easily fixable as they are overlook-able.
However, while the average reader will more than likely simply not see the errors, I, being an editor, did and given the amount of them within this book, I cannot give it the 5 I want to. However, given the research, detailing, and character and world building Ms. Rourke did to create this story and shed light on one of Disney's most memorable villains, I give Rise of the Sea Witch 4 of 5 paws.
I await the next book in this series, don't keep us waiting too long, Ms. Rourke.
***This Review Contains Mild Spoilers***
I will start by saying, that this was birthday gift for my daughter last year, when she turned 10. She's a huge FNaF fan and I spent countless months hearing all about the animatronics and the things they did in the games that when this book was on preorder, it just seemed to be a must-have for her. I naturally, after hearing so much about it, had to read this book that piqued her love of the written word that she's read it 4 times in the last year.
This is an AMAZING book to have come from Scholastic. Not that Scholastic books are bad, but it's ultimately rare to find any that adults would pick up and become engrossed in, (The last Scholastic books that got to me like this one did were the Harry Potter books). It's almost like a combination of R.L. Stine and Stephen King in the way the story is written, but with how graphic I've heard the games are, this doesn't surprise me. What did surprise me, is how the story just catches you and even though they never actually name the old yellow rabbit, the reader knows he's Springtrap and that the yellow Freddy is Golden Freddy.
For the young adults, this story is full of shock scares. For those older, the story is almost a sad one, one that will put you in the mind of The Woman Black's story.
I did spot two plot holes that I feel both authors, while seasoned story tellers (one being the creator of the games, the other an author) should consider looking into and perhaps hire another editor who won't miss these vital, obvious errors.
In chapter 9, Sammy is mentioned as having been at Freddy Fazbear's, however, the whole reason Freddy's was created was because Sammy in fact vanished at the diner that preceded Freddy's, Fredbear's.
In chapter 11, John all but orders to stay behind with Jessica, who is slowly losing her sanity due to what's going on, and Carlton, who is in no condition to go anywhere since he can barely stand without assistance, yet well after John has left on his own, Charlie is with him and it a few pages later, Jessica is there as well, Carlton isn't mentioned until a few paragraphs later. There is never a mention of Charlie, Jessica or Carlton leaving the office where Dave was. These are obvious errors that nearly destroyed the flow of the story for me since both times, I flipped several pages back to reread to see if I had missed something that would explain these instances, only to see that I hadn't missed anything at all. The explanation is just non existent.
Despite the two errors, this story is a quick read for an avid reader, even with it's averaging 30 pages per chapter, and it's definitely one that any fan of R.L. Stine will enjoy, as will any fan of horror in general.
Of course, When I saw The Twisted Ones (the second book to this series) was out for Preorder, it was ordered for my daughter's birthday this year. Maybe she'll be a good child and let me read it first so I don't have to wait a year this time >~.^<
While the story itself is worth 5 paws, due to the plot holes mentioned in my review, I can only give it 4.
Wow, just wow. This is the first book by the young and very talented Nadege Richards that I've had the honor of reading and it blew me away. Asylum 54.0 is everything Dystopian as well as Sci-Fi fans are looking for. This books starts with action and ends with it, not to mention there are some amazing, comic book-style art works interwoven within the pages that really bring certain scenes and the characters to life. I absolutely Mathai! She's everything I hope my little girl will be when she's older; brave, strong, independent, and willing to fight for what's right. She's an amazing rolemodel for young girls of all colors and ages and her story is an amazing one. There are a few seemingly slow spots within the story, but since it's the first of a series, it makes sense. This book begins the adventure and thus there's backstory and the such to read about. There are no "boring" parts of this book. Every word is deliberately placed to entrap the reader within Mathai's world. Told in the first-person, this story will capture your imagination and you will see and feel all that Mathai does and then some.
I would recommend this book, and more than likely the entire series, to anyone who loves a well-written story, even those as young as around middle-grade age since there's no swearing and no adult themes. Ms. Richards has proven herself to the masses and shown us that even the younger writers have stories worth hearing.
I look forward to the second installment of this saga, Sanctum 92 and eagerly await its release.
I give this book 5 of 5 paws. Well done, Nadege, you've restored my faith in indie writers.
This book will make you laugh over and over. If you're an Elvis fan, even if you aren't, this book is worth the read. The cast of characters are colorful and well-delevoped, the plot line is well-thoughtout, the story is creative and original, and the authors did an amazing job bringing this all together for the reader. There's tons of "Fun Facts" about Elvis littered throughout the story and each character has their own Elvis story; some are a bit more out there than others. All-in-all, while the contemporary and general fiction genres are not my usual reads, I'm really glad I had the chance to read this one. It's been awhile since a story has stuck in my head the way Surviving Elvis Week has. Kudos, authors, I look forward to seeing what else you release.
I give this book 5 of 5 paws.
This is the second book by Ms. Rishoff that I've had the pleasure of reading. I loved this one even more than the first I read. This story is filled with the raw emotion of three people; a mother and her two daughters. I would suggest having some tissues nearby as some of the scenes are heartstring tuggers. The Wrong Daughter will take the reader on one hell of an emotional rollercoaster ride they won't soon forget. I would recommend this book to any lover of books about life, anyone who has ever been Troy, and anyone who has ever been Brit. This is a story about a child's love for her mother, and mother's resentment of her.
I give this book 5 of 5 paws
*I received this book as a WiP from the Author in exchange for editing services*
It's time for The Reaping! Victor and Nerina are excited to finally be able to do the ritual and be together in a way the packs can't argue with. However, The Reaping isn't fun and games. Victor must survive three trials to get his female. And while he's doing that, the goddess Selene has decided that Nerina will be more than simply Luna of Pack Canidae.
This book is short and to the point, a beautiful bridge between Arctic Bound and Dire Cravings if I do say so myself. The Reaping pretty much finishes up what fans were waiting for when Arctic Bound ended, and it hints at even more trouble for our favorite wolf pack in the next book.
The sex is sparse.. to be fair it's about non existence. There's only one sex scene, but with the Trials going on, the reader won't even notice, or care about the lack of bestial love-making that Victor and Nerina are known for.
What this novella doesn't lack in, is action. From page one there's something going. This book is a bit more fast paced than Arctic Bound was, but at the same time the story isn't rushed. As stated it's the perfect bridge between book 1 and book 2.
This is a quick read, less than 25k words, so it shouldn't take more than a few hours to leave, and if you're a fan of Tigris Eden, you'll be begging for more when you get done.
I look forward to the next installment of this series.
I will begin by saying that I pretty love everything Jennifer Martinez writes.
The Brooklyn Case Files is very different than the previous works I've read by Jennifer. It has no paranormal or fantasy qualities; in fact, it's pretty much like reading an episode of Law and Order of Cold Case, which I love!
The clincher for me is that it takes place in Brooklyn, NY which is my home town. I was a bit disappointed that aside from the title and the vague mentions of the word Brooklyn, it isn't known that it's Brooklyn. Some familiar parts or streets named would make the fact that it's that part New york more evident and please the Brooklyn dwelling fans.
The story follows three people, Detective Steven Michaels who is on a case concerning the Russian Mob, Amy Roberts who is a college student that may as well be invisible as far as the world is concerned, and a young man who remains nameless through most of the story that works for the Russians.
Since this is a serial, the fast pace of the book doesn't come as a surprise for the reader, since it's a short, and part of a series. Think of it as an episode to a crime drama.
I did find a number of editing errors that while not major, should be looked at nonetheless.
All in all I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next episode of the serial.
I give this book 4 of 5 paws
This story follows Annabelle, a southern belle who goes off to New York for decade only to find herself right back home in Georgia, and Jackson the town's resident playboy and perpetual bachelor. Anna's always had a crush on Jackson since they were kids and at the fourth of July celebration, when Jackson sees her fireworks go off, and not from the celebration.
A Slow Burn is an amazing prequel to what I'm sure will be an amazing series. With precise detailing in all the all the right scenes, it's sure to please fans both old and new.
I liked this story. It touches real close to home for me, even though I'm the city girl! I liked the chemistry between Anna and Jackson. I liked the whole small town rumor mill and small controversies.
The storyline flows so beautifully that you can see, hear, and even smell Tigris strived to bring to life.
I look forward to reading more of this series; then again, Tigris has yet to put out a book I haven't liked. Great story Tigris, keep it up girlfriend >~.^<
I give this book 5 of 5 paws.
Saving His Love picks up shortly after the end of A First Love Never Dies. Derienn has come for Jake, needing his help to rescue Janel.
Moren and John's rolls in this one are very small. Derienn's is even smaller even if she is their daughter. However, the reader is introduced to an array of new characters from a multitude of different planets.
This book, like the first book, is action packed, though the steamy sex scenes of the first book are missing in this second volume for obvious reasons.
I really enjoy this series, even if I'm not a sci-fi fan, there's so many other things twisted into the fabric of this series, that I can't help but want more of it.
I look forward to Retrieving His Heart, which is book 3 of this series.
I give this book 5 of 5 paws
This book follows Miranda, a young mermaid who's against commercial whaling. She's given a chance to make a difference in the human world and jumps at it.
This novella was cute. I liked the way it flowed storyline wise.. However, there is one thing I wanted to bring to the author's attention. Macaws can in fact talk if they're taught to. Just like they can imitate the sounds of phones, televisions, etc. They are highly intelligent birds.
The story put me in mind of a cross between The Little Mermaid (The Original not the Disney version), and the 80's movie Splash (one of my favorites).
I think readers will not only like the storyline itself, but the underlying topic of commercial whaling, though I wish the book had been longer to go into a bit more background on the topic since it's supposed to be the main focus of the story.
I would recommend this book to mermaid lovers everywhere, as well as to lovers of the romance genre.
I give this book 4 of 5 paws.